The Russian national team has provided many highlights & memories throughout their history, none more special than when they won the inaugural European Championship, way back in 1960. Since then, they have failed to live up to expectation, despite reaching the final once more in 1988 where they were well beaten by an irresistible Dutch team & bowing out in the semi's in 2008, but betting experts believe that they could make more of an impact this summer than in other recent competitions, which is why they advise that we 'tread carefully' before wagering on or against the Russians. 'Monitor their results and make your predictions based on current form. Their group fixtures may look straightforward on paper but the Russians are a betting nightmare' – remarked one representative of a major UK online bookmaker. 'They've got the pedigree and the players and the talent, but they've underachieved massively until now which makes it even harder to bet against them. Cover your bases and have a small punt on the Russians. At odds of 18/1 they're most certainly worth a free bet and if they can get the necessary results in order to top the standings – all bets will be off!'
As Euro 2012 bets continue to flood in with online bookmakers, the internet is also rife with stories about how it is only 'a matter of time' until Russia dominate international football, but having made the same predictions about Africa & the USA, don't be in too much of a rush to wager all your money on Arshavin & co. The captain and former Arsenal man has a point to prove, as does team-mate Roman Pavlyuchenko – who'd love to show the Premier League doubters what they're missing. Despite enjoying some of the highlights of their respective careers in England, It seems as though they won't be returning and so will use the Euro's to showcase their talent in order to impress prospective club coaches.
The guidance of super coach Dick Advocaat is another key factor in any possible Russian success. The Dutchman has a fantastic record when it comes to getting the best out of his players and, if results in qualification are anything to go by (Russia finished top of the standings with one solitary defeat), the 13/10 odds on Russia to win Group A seem accurate and punting on Russia begins to seem increasingly sensible.